Cloud computing trends for 2014 revealed

Cloud computing trends for 2014 revealed

Cloud computing managed to gain massive popularity over the course of 2013, with almost 60 per cent of small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) claiming to use such services, with 72 per cent of them virtualising significant portions of their servers.

Such growth looks set to continue over the course of next year, as cloud technologies expand on every front from infrastructure and software-as-a-service to customised security and platform independence. And experts claim that there are a number of trends that we can all expect over the next 12 months.

One is the rise of hybrid clouds, a development that could soon signal the end of the public cloud vs private cloud architecture debate in enterprise IT, as they combine features of both systems, which enables them to open up a range of customisable solutions for IT departments, while maintaining the levels of security that keeps advocates of big data happy.

Another potential trend to be identified by experts is the idea that companies will recognise the fact that cloud technology allows any private firm to act like a media company. Werner Vogels, vice president and chief technology officer at Amazon.com, said 2014 will see a great rise in organisations that are adding media capabilities to their offerings.

A good example is sports clubs – all are looking for ways to establish an engagement with their fan base beyond the two hours on a weekend. 

A successful way to achieve a weeklong engagement is by daily distribution or fresh, exclusive media content and the subscription revenues for clubs that often have millions of fans around the world are substantial. 

Another trend that looks set to become commonplace is the rise of apps powered by the web.

Scalability and efficiency are already known as being among the main benefits of implementing a cloud system, yet many are still restricted to certain platforms.

The web could therefore soon be at the heart of cloud-based apps, many of which may possibly be compatible with any platform.